Patron Code of Conduct

In order to ensure constructive use of the Salem Township Library facilities, materials and services, as well as the personal comfort of all patrons, the Board of Trustees has established the following code of conduct:

Reasonably quiet and reserved behavior is expected on library property. No patron may disturb or harass other patrons or staff. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to sleeping, running, horse play, solicitation and committing any act that would violate any State, Federal or local law, ordinance, or regulation.

Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while on the property. Use of bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, or other sports equipment in the library is strictly prohibited.

Patrons are required to wear acceptable clothing, including shirts and footwear. Patrons shall maintain a generally acceptable standard of personal hygiene. Library bathrooms are not for personal bathing.

Damage to library property or disruption of services including, but not limited to, borrowed material, building, grounds, and media equipment is prohibited.

Smoking, eating, drinking of alcoholic beverages and the use of illegal substances are not permitted on library grounds. Eating is only allowed during designated library programs. Non-alcoholic beverages in resealable containers may be consumed on the property. However, all beverages must be clearly visible and identifiable at all times.

Use of mobile devices for verbal communication is permissible, only where non-disruptive to library environment, other patrons and staff. Computers, mobile devices, and audio devices may be used with headphones for instructional or recreational purposes without disrupting patrons near them.

To prevent possible damage to library property and possible injury to library users and staff, animals are not permitted on any library property, with the exception of service animals and animals that are part of scheduled programs. Patrons with service animals may be asked to provide documentation for them.

Patrons are expected to leave the library upon designated closing time.

Patrons are expected to adhere to this, all additional library policies, and any directions given to them by library staff.

Individuals of all ages are expected to follow these rules. Individuals who violate the Code of Conduct may be banned from the library properties and/or prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If a patron is to witness any behavior which breaks these rules, patrons should report these events to staff. Police will be called if necessary.

Adopted January 17, 2019
Amended July 9, 2021

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